Sunday 30 July 2023

Ice-Cream Van

This ice-cream van, coloured with Promarkers, is an old digi image from Jellypark. The patterned paper is by Pink Paislee and the sentiment (on the back step) is an epoxy sticker from the same range - but I do find it irritating that the apostrophe is missing from 'it's'! 

I'd like to enter:

Alphabet Challenge  ice cream

Fab n Funky  summer fun 

Allsorts  anything but square

Papercraft Challenges  summer fun 

Saturday 29 July 2023

Inkspirational - Use Stencils

As some of you may know, my crafty hobby had to take a backseat for about 18 months, while I had lots of (positive) life changes and now I'm back I'm noticing some trends that have rocketed while I was 'away'. 

One of these is layering stencils, something I was inspired to try for my Inspirational DT card. 

This Pink Fresh stamp has a set of  layering stencils to go with it. I did find them tricky to use and this wasn't my first attempt. Tbh I don't really feel the result was worth the effort. Also, I've seen layering stencils, demoed on Youtube, that can be used with or without a co-ordinating stamp, so I'm a bit disappointed that this one cannot be used independently, It doesn't seem worth the cost. But I'm glad I tried it. 

As a side note, the die-cut Hello has been in my stash for years - I think it's from a swap cahllenge I did with Pia and Nonni - and that's my favourite bit of the card! 

Monday 24 July 2023

Stencilled Trees

 I stencilled these trees with brown ink onto kraft cardstock.

I'd like to enter:

Sweet Stampin  Christmas 

Little Red Wagon  cold 

Saturday 22 July 2023

Robin Pinkbreast


I was inspired by the pink, white and gold colour scheme at Time Out, but I wanted to use this robin from MFT, so I decided to make its red breast, pink. 

I'd like to enter: 

Sparkles  Christmas  include gold 

Friday 21 July 2023

Dinosaur Wedding


I made this card for my niece's wedding, She and her husband are in their 20s ( so definitely not dinos themselves!) but they had a dinosaur theme to their invitations and favours etc , which gave me the idea for the card.  I cut the dinosaurs and hearts on my Silhouette machine and printed the sentiment from my PC.

I'd like to enter:

Moving Along with the Times  wedding

Shopping Our Stash  no stamping 

Puppy and Christmas Lights

 Another cute Christmas doggy card!  

I'd like to enter:

Aud Sentiments Christmas 

Monday 17 July 2023

Butterfly Summer


Here, I made a watercolour smooshed background , stamped and masked the butterfly, stamped the flowers and sentiment, added splatters and some patterned paper and stuck on a card base. 

I'd like to enter:

Pinspirational  birthday / summertime vibe 

Sunday 16 July 2023



Here, I used two Lawn Fawn sets plus a sentiment from somewhere else (Papermania?). 

I'd like to enter:

The Gingerbread Man fairytale 

I Spy with My Little Eye - a sweet treat

Dog in Santa Hat

Unfortunately, the weather in south-east England this weekend has failed to meet my expectations :) so I've spent some time crafting, and staying out of the wind. 

Here I used two sets of old stamps - I think they were both Papermania. 

I'd like to enter:

Jingle Belles santa hat 

My Time to Craft Christmas  animals 

Little Red Wagon 

Cardz 4 Guys 

Portugese Podengo


I made this birthday card for my niece. I had to make her a stepper card as I'd made this one for her twin. They are mid-twenties and live in different towns but I still felt it wouldn't be 'fair' to give one twin a fun fold and the other a plain rectangle!!!

Anyway, this one's very personal as my niece has a Portugese Podengo and so I googled it and cut a silhouette out on my Silhouette Cameo. Now I'm worried it's not 'fair' as her twin's card didn't have a personal twist! Minefield. 

I'd like to enter:

Kraft, foliage (grass) , animals

Country View Challenges  4 legged animal 

Saturday 15 July 2023

Bridge of Guinea Pigs


Here's a 60th birthday card, using a guinea pig stamp from Colorado Craft. The hats are paper-pieced, using the reverse of the paper on the panels. 

I'd like to enter:

Make My Monday  birthday 

Shopping Our Stash  celebrating by the numbers 

Critter Crazy 

The Library - Life and Loves of a She Devil

The new challenge at The Library is The Life and Loves of a She Devil by Fay Weldon. 

Although I choose the books for The Library, I must confess, I haven't read them all. But this one I have definitely read, although years ago now, and LOVED. I also loved the 80s UK TV series. I feel sure I've seen the movie, with Roaseanne Barr and Meryl Streep, but I don't really remember that and I read it's not as faithful to the book. 

Anyway, my one-layer card was inspired by the lighthouse and the blue and white colour scheme. The stamps are Hero Arts and the circular sentiment is Upsy Daisy .

I'd like to enter:
Fab n Funky  monochrome with a single colour pop (seagull) 

As You Like It  the beach - I just love the sea: the wilder , the better 

Inkspirational - Travel Moodboard


Our new challenge at Inkspirational  is to be inspired by this moodboard:

For my DT card I was inspired by the luggage, the camera nd the general travel theme. 

I die- cut a side stepper card and decorate it using scrapbooking supplies: patterned paper, an echo park die-cut (car) and a sticker (camera),  The stamped sentiment is by Mama Elephant. 

I'd like to enter:


Wednesday 12 July 2023

Hamster Up High

Another thank-you card. I used a hamster stamp by Colarado Craft and the balloon stamp and rainbow/clouds stamp are from Clearly Besotted. 

I'd like to enter:

Try it on Tuesday - 3 colours - yellow, teal, brown 

I spy with my Little Eye  - warm and sunny colours 

Thursday 6 July 2023

Christ-mouse Card


I designed and cut the MERRY on the Silhouette Cameo but I was very much inspired by a MFT die which is similar. The mice stamps are by Waffle Flower. I agonised over what colour to make their jumpers - I didn't want red because then the scarves wouldn't stand out but I also didn't want to introduce a new colour, so I went for grey to match their fur!  For the snow, I used a stencil and white ink , plus some drops of liquid white enamel.

I'd like to enter:

ABC Christmas Challenge mice

Fab n Funky  four-legged friend 

Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 

Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge 

Monday 3 July 2023

Grey Balloon

 I don't know why I coloured the balloon grey - I just like grey and yellow together! This is another card to send to guests who came to our Civil Partnership. The couple is by A Muse , the balloon is Clearly Besotted and the sun and sentiment are from other sets, 

I'd like to enter: 

Little Red Wagon  sunshine

Sunday 2 July 2023

Green, heart-shaped balloon


I'm still making thank-you cards and, for this one, I used an Avery Elle balloon stamp, Craftwork Cards sentiments and a cloud edge stencil. 

I'd like to enter:

Use Your Stuff hearts 

Alphabet Challenge  green 

Saturday 1 July 2023

Inkspirational Challenges - Christmas in July

Our new challenge at Inkspirational  is:

The starting point for my DT card was the lovely scrap of patterned paper and I used a Pure Innocence image, coloured with Promarkers. 

I'd like to enter:
As You Like It - I've chosen patterened paper, as you can build a colour scheme around it